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Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | | Drama | 26 December 2012 (UK)
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Writers:

Salman Rushdie (screenplay), Salman Rushdie (based on a book by) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajat Kapoor ... Aadam Aziz
Vansh Bhardwaj Vansh Bhardwaj ... Boatman
Anupam Kher ... Ghani
Neha Mahajan ... Young Naseem
Dhritiman Chatterjee Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Mian Abdullah (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Kusum Haidar Kusum Haidar ... Rani of Cooch Naheen (as Kusum Haider)
Zaib Shaikh ... Nadir Khan
Kabir Singh Chowdhry Kabir Singh Chowdhry ... Mian's Assassin
Shabana Azmi ... Naseem
Anita Majumdar ... Emerald
Shahana Goswami ... Mumtaz / Amina
Shikha Talsania ... Alia
Rahul Bose ... Zulfikar
Hasitha Samarasekara Hasitha Samarasekara ... Adjutant
Ronit Roy ... Ahmed Sinai
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

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A child and country were born at midnight once upon a time

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Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK

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English | Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

26 December 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hijos de la media noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,200, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,644, 26 May 2013
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shashi Kapoor wanted to make the film in 1983 after reading the book. After his offbeat film productions flopped, he dropped the idea. See more »

Goofs

Darsheel Zafary's made-up nose design changes throughout his screen-time in the movie. See more »

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Bindiya Chamke Gi
Written by Laxmikant Pyarelal
Performed by Sri Lanka Police Band and Police Park Colombo 5
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Satisfying adaptation of a grand story
31 December 2012 | by San TokiSee all my reviews

Midnight's Children, that mammoth book written by Salman Rushdie which all English Literature Undergraduates are forced to read and marvel at, finally gets a long-awaited film adaptation. Having read the book many years ago, I never imagined anybody would be bold enough to actually film the text, with all it's magical realism and grand sweeps through the course of history, so let's see how this goes...

Telling the story of Saleem, born on the stroke of Midnight on August 15th 1947 i.e when India finally became an independent nation, whose life is altered from the minute he is born, as he is given to the wrong parents, rich parents, and thus afforded a life of luxury that he was not destined to have. On top of that, he has magical powers (that aren't that great to be honest), and finds that every child born at Midnight on August 15th also has magic powers, it's like the Power Rangers: India. What thus follows is a story narrated by Rushdie himself, as Saleem's life links and progresses with the historical and political turmoil taking part in India throughout the century, ( Partitions, Civil Wars, States of Emergency), and Saleem, much like India at the time, struggles and battles to find out his own identity.

The film does well in scaling down the content of the novel, it's more of a drama with bits of comedy, than a grand epic or fantasy, and parts do feel rushed as the viewer is transported from year to year without any sense of anything really linking together, despite the valiant attempts of Rushdie narrating the whole story. However, it is still a film that does manage to vividly depict a fascinating period in history with lots of very visual scenes that leave a lasting impression, and more importantly, it links it all together with individual plights, to add that emotional intensity. So overall I'd still recommend it.

7/10


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